In the highly-entertaining third T20I encounter between hosting team New Zealand and traditional rivals England, Black Caps emerged victorious once again. Kiwis clinched another glorified victory over Eoin Morgan’s troop in the ongoing five-match Test series. While playing in front of their home crowd at Saxton Oval in Nelson, New Zealand squad outclassed the English cricketers by just 14 runs on Monday night. All thanks to the stellar performance of Colin de Grandhomme on the field who knocked a quick-fire half-century for his team’s much-needed win.
After winning the toss home team decided to bat first and their decision proved handy for them in the nail-biting game against England. Both the explosive openers of New Zealand Colin Munro and Martin Guptill tried their best to establish a good score for the first-wicket stand but failed to do so. Munro bagged just six runs for his team while experienced cricketer Guptill contributed 33 runs off just 17 balls. This was then followed by the crucial 55 runs of Grandhomme and important cameos of Ross Taylor (27) and James Neesham (20). In this way, Kiwis set the pretty good target of 180 runs for England.
While chasing down 181 runs to win, England got off a good start as the destructive opener Dawid Malan comfortably scored 55 runs off just 34 balls before dismissing by Ish Sodhi. However, his opening partner Tom Banton failed to add a big score in his kitty as he lost his wicket at a very early stage to talented pacer Blair Tickner. This was then followed by the arrival of James Vince on the pitch who unfortunately dismissed by Blair Tickner on 49 runs off 39 balls. Eventually, the entire cricket team of England lost their wickets one by one and stopped at 166-run stand after 20 overs. As a result, Kiwis won the game and took a 2-1 lead in the series.
The disappointed captain of England Cricket team Eoin Morgan said after losing one more T20I game to Black Caps, “we were in control for the whole chase until we were three or four down, probably that’s a lack of experience. The guys need to get more games into them at this level. That’s one that got away”.
Both the teams will next take on each other at McLean Park in Napier on November 8th where Black Caps will fight to seal the prestigious series and England will battle to bounce back in the game. It will be interesting to see whether the hosts will be able to extend their lead against the 2019 World Cup-winning team or England will roar back with some brilliant performance.
New Zealand: 180/7; Colin de Grandhomme (55), Martin Guptill (33), Ross Taylor (27), Tom Curran (2/29), Matt Parkinson (1/14), and Sam Curran (1/29)
England: Dawid Malan (55), James Vince (49), Tom Banton (18), Blair Tickner (2/25), Lockie Ferguson (2/25), and Ish Sodhi (1/30)